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January 10, 2013

Ellen receives Eagle Scout Award

AMESBURY — Jonathan Ellen, son of Denise Ellen and a member of Boy Scout Troop 4, was recently honored at a special Court of Honor receiving Boy Scouting’s highest award, the Eagle Scout Award.

This was the troop’s 57th Eagle presentation.

Ellen joined the troop in April of 2006, crossing over from Pack 4. Over the tenure in the troop he served as a patrol leader, leave no trace trainer, senior patrol leader and junior assistant scoutmaster. He also qualified for 400 degrees of frost winter camping, Leblanc Conservation Award, Moore Langevin Campership, Brown Sea Training, Duty to God, Fire’n Chit, Totin’ chip, Paul Bunyan Axeman Award, World Conservation Award, Charles Simony Space Award, Outdoorsman Ironman Award, and the Mile Swim.

He earned a total of 47 different merit badges, 26 more than required for the Eagle Award. He earned some of the unusual ones including Geocaching, Pathfinding, Pulp and Paper, Railroading, Fish and Wildlife Management, Soil and Water Conservation and Theater.

For the last five years he has served as a counselor at Lone Tree Scout Reservation, where he is the archery range officer. He also was one of 100 Scouts from the Yankee Clipper Council who attended the 2010 National Jamboree, camping with over 35,000 Scouts from all over the world. He will attend the 2013 National Jamboree as an assistant scoutmaster for the local council.

Each Scout before attaining the Eagle rank must complete a service project that benefits either the church, community or school. He had to give leadership to others to get the project done. He did a total restoration of the parsonage front porch for the Market Street Baptist Church. Floorboards needed to be replaced, walls and ceiling needed to be power-washed, scraped and then painted. With the help of more than 10 Scouts and adults, the project was completed totaling over 250 “Scout hours.”

Ellen is a senior honor student at Amesbury High School and hopes to attend college upon graduation.

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